Category Archives: Professionalism

Training your manager

Disclaimer: This is not about my current workplace. This is about all workplaces. Whether you are a team lead, software architect, PM or a junior developer, you count on your team for stuff. Maybe if you are a one-man-team, you … Continue reading

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Current Mission Statement

When I read the book “7 habits of highly-effective people”, I remember my reaction to the suggestion about having a “personal mission statement”.  It struck me as being a little silly.  Am I really going to do that with all … Continue reading

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Architectural review phrase book

When a project is in its early stages, (or sometimes, much later), it is time to have your system designs and software/system architecture reviewed. When this happens, it is not unusual to have a difference of opinion with your reviewer(s).  In … Continue reading

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Showing Initiative vs Being a Cowboy

A few weeks ago, I fixed a bug without being asked to do so. Shortly afterwards, I was asked “Why did you fix that bug? Who told you to do it?”  The question arrived in email, so I couldn’t be … Continue reading

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Letting go, delegating, managing

Let’s just say that you are a programmer, or server admin or just about anything, and you are really good at what you do. Usually, this means that you are a person “who gets things done”. This also usually means … Continue reading

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Wheels that need to squeak

I’m sure you have heard the phrase “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Basically, if you need something done and it is not just getting itself done, you should speak-up and complain, maybe even make a bit of a ruckus, … Continue reading

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Both sides of craftsmanship

I recently read a good article titled “The Dark Side of Craftsmanship“. In the article Ted Neward tells a story about a well-meaning developer who posts some sloppy code to a public forum and is criticized harshly. Mr. Neward correctly … Continue reading

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